Unless you've been living under a rock for the last decade roughly, you've probably noticed a massive shift in the way in which we communicate with one another. It's no longer, Hey, give me your digits and I'll ring you sometime!" On the contrary, it's Hey, what's your number? I'll shoot you a text." Texting has become our preferred way of communicating; it's quick, convenient, and private, so there's a lot to love about it.

But even since I Have started texting text messages themselves have evolved. Back in the day it was all about using T9, having to bounce back and forth between your Inbox" and Sent" to figure out where you left off in a dialogue, and having to send simpleton smilies like :) and :(. Now we have total (virtual!) QWERTY Emojis to help us create easier, clearer text messages, seamless threaded messages, and keyboards.

There are even increased messaging services accessible that use the Internet rather than slower cellular towers to text, and enable you to do more along with your texting such as sending high-resolution images and video (MMS usually compresses these), more options for what types of documents you can share with one another, better group message organization, and more. Certainly one of the most used messaging systems now is iMessage, an integrated info messaging system offered to Apple product users.

I enjoy iMessage. I adore how quickly the messages send, having the ability to send and receive GIFs, along with the ability to send voice recordings inside the thread itself. I really like having the ability to determine when somebody else is typing, and above all else, I love that Apple leaves the complex things from the equation in reference to iMessage. It converts if the recipient of your text has iMessage enabled. IMessage is also already incorporated into Apple's Messaging app, so there is anything or no downloading . Say what you will about iOS being overly straightforward", but this is one attribute that I adore because of its simplicity.

Well, when it desires to not be complex, that is. IMessage may also be awfully fickle as most people know. For instance, should you ever decide to ditch Apple products for something else (perish the thought that you could ever need something else) you're eternally tied to iMessage until you manually turn it off. Lately it's been remedied so which you can turn off iMessage remotely, however there was an issue once upon a time where the remedy wasn't that easy.

And undoubtedly, there's still the issue that is glaring that after you do leave Apple products, you no longer have access to iMessage. IMessage is available to Apple users and Apple users, so anyone else is SOL.

And it's due to this that I am hoping that Google's most recent acquisition of Jibe of implementing Rich Communications Services, and its own following statement will eventually put an end for this wonderful-but- fragmented means of messaging.

And while I've little doubt that the primary purpose of Google's dedication to RCS is for Android (and I wouldn't be surprised to see it on iOS), I can not help but hope that maybe this will cause everyone to realize that this truly chould be approached much more only. If everybody desires improved characteristics with texting, why not only make one upgraded, integrated system across all platforms?

I believe that texting has become such a standard method of communication only at that stage that there is little reason to keep something like iMessage specific for Apple users, although maybe I'm thinking about this all wrong. And I do not just need Google create a iMessage equivalent for just Android users and to take Jibe; I need somebody to make it so that something similar to iMessage is the standard across the board. We should have the ability to send the good quality pictures and videos our cellphones take without having it compressed to hell - In the end, we pay for these really great cameras on our mobiles, right? We should have the ability to send texts in short of number of time as you possibly can. We must continue to use SMS as a backup method of communicating (because it's not busted, it is simply not as great anymore) in case this process fails.

iMessage is a huge reason that I do not like leaving iOS. Don't get me wrong, I love iOS for a multitude of reasons - but I adore Android (and occasionally Windows Phone) also, and I despise that something as easy as an enhanced messaging system is what ends up being my deciding factor on whether I need to change (or how quickly I end up changing back).

So, in theory, it's not complex. We kill the iMessage (or simply its exclusivity) and go ahead and branch a similar service out to all smartphones. In reality I envision it's not simple at all (then again, neither is killing Batman ). However, I possibly, just maybe, think about moving towards what is best for the consumer overall and believe the world is ready to drop that special exclusive.